Nuggets of Wisdom

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lurching Towards Idiocracy

Steve Deace

And people wonder why I have so little faith in democracy. Because the American people don’t know Jack about how their own government is run:
•While little more than a third of respondents (36 percent) could name all three branches of the U.S. government, just as many (35 percent) could not name a single one.

•Just over a quarter of Americans (27 percent) know it takes a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate to override a presidential veto.

•One in five Americans (21 percent) incorrectly thinks that a 5-4 Supreme Court decision is sent back to Congress for reconsideration.
That's why!

Democracy is only as good as the people, and our people are grossly uneducated and misinformed. We need more people voting? No! We need more informed people voting. The problem will always be the quality of voters, not the quantity.